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The Royal Court Theatre and the Modern Stage

Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre

Max Stafford-Clark
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  • Date Published: November 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521474382

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  • The Royal Court Theatre is one of the primary forums in the development of postwar drama. Under the title of the English Stage Company the theater produced some of the most influential plays in modern history, including the works of Brenton, Churchill, Bond and Osborne. In this account of the theater, from 1956 to 1998, Philip Roberts draws on unpublished archives and a series of interviews with people prominent in the Court's life. The book also includes a Foreword by the former Director of the Royal Court, Max Stafford-Clark.

    • Includes previously unpublished archival material including private papers, diaries, etc. Also includes interviews with key Royal Court practitioners
    • Foreword by Max Stafford-Clark
    • Documentary of one of the most important and influential theatres working today
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    "...it will surely remain the definitive book on the subject for many years to come." New Theatre Survey

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    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521474382
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Max Stafford-Clark
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Biographical notes
    Preface
    Introduction: abortive schemes, 1951–4
    1. Coincidences, 1954–6
    2. The struggle for control, 1956–60
    3. Conflict and competition, 1960–5
    4. A socialist theatre, 1965–9
    5. A humanist theatre, 1969–75
    6. Changing places, 1975–9
    7. Theatre in a cold climate, 1980–6
    8. Holding on, 1987–93
    Afterword
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Philip Roberts, University of Leeds

    Contributors

    Max Stafford-Clark

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